Richmond upon Thames

Poverty and inequality data for Richmond

Key findings


percentage point gap in GCSE attainment between Richmond’s disadvantaged school children and those not facing disadvantage. This attainment gap is the highest in London.

Only 11%

of working residents in Richmond are low paid. With Wandsworth this is the lowest rate in London.


of children aged 11 are obese. This is the lowest level in London, where the average is 23%.


Richmond is a south west Outer London borough, and the only borough which covers both sides of the Thames. It is one of the most affluent areas in London, and the Poverty Profile reinforces this. Only 11% of employees earn less than the living wage – the joint lowest percentage in London. The poverty rate of 15% is also the lowest in London, as is the child poverty rate. Only 16% of adults in Richmond lack level 3 qualifications, which is – again – the lowest rate in London. 

However, worklessness has gone up by 0.6% over the last three years – the highest increase of any borough (worklessness decreased by 2.1% across London in this time). Income inequality is also high in Richmond – it has the 5th largest gap in London.

The rankings below show how Richmond is performing on key poverty and inequality indicators, in comparison with all 32 London boroughs. The first section gives a snapshot from the latest data: the deeper the red, the worse the problem; those coloured green are in the top half of London boroughs, which are performing better.

The circles show whether the issue is getting better or worse in comparison to previous period. Where there is no change, the circle is orange. Where there is no comparative data, the circle is grey.

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